[ yah-wist ]

  1. a writer of the earliest major source of the Hexateuch, in which God is characteristically referred to as Yahweh rather than Elohim.

Origin of Yahwist

  • Also Yah·vist [yah-vist], /ˈyɑ vɪst/, Jahvist, Jahwist.

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Jahwist Yahvist or Jahvist (ˈjɑːvɪst)

/ (ˈjɑːwɪst) /

  1. the Yahwist Bible

    • the conjectured author or authors of the earliest of four main sources or strands of tradition of which the Pentateuch is composed and in which God is called Yahweh throughout

    • (as modifier): the Yahwist source

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